House of Jazmin

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
House of Jazmin TV Poster Image
Reality show sews together fashion and family.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Emphasizes the importance of hard work and family support -- though sometimes personal issues get in the way of both.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While young and at times inexperienced, Jazmin is a hard worker with a strong professional ethic. Susan sometimes has a hard time separating her role as Jazmin’s mother and as her business manager, but overall she means well.

Violence

Some mild arguing, often between Jazmin and her mother.

Sex

Some mild sexual innuendo. Fashion shows sometimes feature women in skin-revealing outfits; male models are often seen with bare torsos.

Language

Words like “hell” are audible.

Consumerism

The series is a clear promotional vehicle for Jazmin and her clothing line, Li Cari.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Liquor (cocktails, champagne) is served at fashion events.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that overall, this reality series about a young L.A. fashion designer is pretty mild -- especially for MTV. It focuses a lot on family relationships, hard work, and professionalism. That said, expect some tense moments and mild arguing, especially between Jazmin and her mother, who's also her business manager. Alcohol is served at fashion events (where you may also see some scantily clad models), and there's occasional strong language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written bysbc September 19, 2009
I really love this show. it has fashion friends and family and it is cool that mtv made a show that younger kids can also watch
Adult Written byfashionforever September 19, 2009

Fun for the whole family

I loved it. Hard work pays off. Go after your dreams. Go Jazmin
Teen, 15 years old Written bySugarPlum1230 February 10, 2012

rocken

Haven't seen it but from the clips i liked it
Teen, 13 years old Written byleticiaacosta September 19, 2009

very good

i love it........ but her clothes are WAY TO FANCY TO WEAR IT ....if she made clothes more like KIRA PLASTANINA it would be more wear style!!!!!..

What's the story?

HOUSE OF JAZMIN follows the life of 20-year-old Jazmin Whitley, a successful up-and-coming L.A. fashion designer who wants to make her label, Li Cari, a household name. She runs her business with the help of her mother/business partner, Susan Costa, and best friend, Morgan Weirich. Younger brother Joey Costa helps out as their in-house photographer, while Jazmin's grandmother, “Nonna” Licari, offers lots of food and moral support. Life is never dull for Jazmin as she juggles her time sketching new designs, fitting models for runway shows, and hanging out with her friends in the sun.

Is it any good?

By looking through the eyes of a likable young woman just starting out in the business, the show offers a fairly fresh glimpse into the kind of work that goes into fashion and clothing design. It also shows some of the business' less glamorous side, including the effort of planning just a single fashion event and the kinds of pressures that designers face when attempting to promote their label.

While the series lacks some of the drama of fashion-themed reality competitions offer, it still highlights some behind-the-runway energy. And the unique family dynamics create some humor as well as tension, especially when Susan blurs the line between mother and business manager. Bottom line? House of Jazmin will definitely appeal to young fashion hopefuls, and it's not too MTV-edgy for them to watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this show compares to some of MTV's other reality shows. Is there a certain type of show you expect from MTV?

  • Why do you think a young professional like Jazmin would agree to be featured on a reality show? Is it for promotional purposes, or are there other reasons?

  • What kind of work and skills go into becoming a fashion designer? Is it as glamorous as the runway shows we see on television? Do you think

  • this show offers a “real” example of the kind of work that fashion designers

  • do?

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